In the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose is the largest city in Northern California. Attracted by mild Mediterranean weather and high wages, people from around the world have made San Jose their home, making it one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation. Add a low crime rate and a spacious, wide-open feeling, and you have one of the most livable, family-friendly locations in the west. San Jose International Airport makes travel easy, and close proximity to San Francisco, Santa Cruz and the wine country provide day trip destination getaways.
With 300 days of sunshine per year, you can imagine San Joseans take good advantage of their parks and open spaces. Many walking and biking trails within city limits provide glimpses of nature during your green commute. Local sports fans are proud of their NHL hockey team the San Jose Sharks, as well as the Major Soccer League team the San Jose Earthquakes. These pro games are events you won’t want to miss.
Once known more for apricots, plums and grapes than silicon, the fertile Santa Clara Valley supplies a rich harvest of produce that can be seen on display at many local farmers markets. As one of the oldest wine-producing regions in California, Santa Clara Valley has many wineries offering tours and tastings daily. Replete with international cuisine and fine restaurants, the quality and variety of dining experiences in San Jose are something to savor.
To complement your Chinese medicine studies and enhance your personal growth, the San Jose area offers an abundance of wellness resources. You will find a high concentration of traditional martial arts studios, Qigong classes, Asian teahouses, bodywork specialists, and meditation and yoga centers close to campus.
Thanks to a special city ordinance, public art in San Jose can be seen throughout city parks and downtown areas. The celebration of art and culture continues with many community events, performance companies, galleries and museums, including the renowned contemporary San Jose Museum of Art. One of the busiest venues in the world, the HP Pavilion hosts major musical acts, sporting events and conferences. The cosmopolitan Santana Row district combines shopping, dining and living all in a beautiful tree-lined atmosphere.
Silicon Valley slowly replaced the agriculture food companies which gave San Jose its initial nickname, “The Valley of the Hearts Delight.” With a population of close to four million, Silicon Valley sits in the South portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. Home to many of the world’s largest technology corporations it continues to be the leading hub for high-tech innovation and entrepreneurship.